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Perth mission for fresh Beau

Perth mission for fresh Beau

Will Clarken hopes his ambitious placement of Beau Rossa pays dividends when the talented gelding travels to Perth for The Pinnacles.

The South Australian horseman confirmed that his multiple Stakes winner is set to tackle the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot later this month, after pleasing the stable with his improvement from his first-up outing at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Beau Rossa galloped between races at Murray Bridge on Wednesday and Clarken said the five-year-old is showing all the signs that he's going as well as he was when narrowly edged out in last year's G1 Memsie Stakes.

But he conceded Beau Rossa will need to match or better his previous personal best if he's to break a run of outs that extends back to July 2021.

"He worked awesome on Wednesday and he's going great, but I still feel a bit silly sending a horse across Australia that hasn't won for a long time," Clarken said.

"He's just rated so high and he's an extremely hard horse to place.

"His first-up run was really good and on facts and figures, we had him going about a length or so off his absolute best with the weight, so he warranted his trip.

"I think I've got him going as good as he can but he's a hard horse to read because he can work really well at home and then sometimes not deliver on race day.

"That (Winterbottom) will be his race and then we'll see, there's another new race over 1400m after that which he could go onto if he was to run well in the Winterbottom."

WATCH: Beau Rossa's first-up run at Flemington

Clarken is under no illusions that Beau Rossa's task is made more difficult than other eastern-states raiders given the additional road transport involved in traveling a horse from Adelaide.

But he's willing to take a chance on a horse who has been raced sparingly in 2022.

"It is probably harder on us than anyone else because we've got to go from Adelaide to Melbourne, then Melbourne to Sydney and then fly from Sydney to Perth," he said.

"But I suppose you could argue that a few of the horses that are going over there have had a bit of racing and he's the fresh horse on the scene.

"He and Ironclad went over there (Melbourne) and they were probably just a gallop short and they've both come on from that."

Clarken said a decision on whether stablemate Ironclad joins Beau Rossa on the flight to Perth will be made after the import tackles Saturday's $500,000 Cranbourne Cup.

Beau Rossa is rated a $34 chance in Sportsbet's Winterbottom Stakes market.


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